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A psychological problem of the highest moral significance…

Bringing the shadow to consciousness is a psychological problem of the highest moral significance. It demands that the individual hold himself accountable not only for what happens to him, but also for what he projects. . . Without the conscious inclusion of the shadow in daily life there cannot be a positive relationship to other […]

I see what you mean: Perceiving and conceiving with the mind’s eye

[T]hinking…is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas. — Rudolf Steiner REFERENCE Goethean Science | Rudolf Steiner Although it is the brain rather than the sensory organs that perceives colors and sounds, it is […]


Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available – once the sheer isolation of the Earth becomes plain – a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose. — Sir Fred Hoyle REFERENCE Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations | Carl C. Gaither • Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither I […]

It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it: Behavior and design as communication

[O]ne cannot not behave. Now, if it is accepted that all behavior in an interactional situation has message value, i.e., is communication, it follows that … one cannot not communicate. Activity or inactivity, words or silence all have message value: they influence others and these others, in turn, cannot not respond to these communications and […]

Searching for meaning

I felt like I was digging up ancient treasure. Word archaeology. I began to see an analogy between words and computer icons. The way you can click on something and it opens up a whole world you couldn’t have imagined before you clicked. — Susan Carpenter Sims REFERENCE Found in Translation | On Being

The art of music

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. — Leopold Stokowski REFERENCE Addressing an audience at Carnegie Hall, as quoted in The New York Times (11 May 1967) | Wikiquote Music is the color of sound. — Unknown Melissa McCracken thought everyone associated colors with music the same way she […]

Body as Soul

Body and soul are not two different things, but only two different ways of perceiving the same thing. Similarly, physics and psychology are only different attempts to link our experiences together by way of systematic thought. — Albert Einstein REFERENCE Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives (1979) | Helen Dukas • […]

Different perspectives: Creativity, awareness, and the third person point of view

For most people, the metaphor of the meandering creative brain resonates deeply because in many ways our conceptual sense of what it means to be creative emerges from our physical experience of meandering, of wandering, of exploring new places and rediscovering familiar ones. Krista Tippett (On Being) | A heightened potential for creativity [Rex Jung […]

Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories…

“Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the […]

Bruce Cameron | Informal Sociology: A casual introduction to sociological thinking

It would be nice if all of the data which sociologists require could be enumerated because then we could run them through IBM machines and draw charts as the economists do. However, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.     Reference Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction […]

The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole…

The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole, in the building: posterity discovers it in the bricks with which he built and which are then often used again for better building: in the fact, that is to say, that that building can be destroyed and nonetheless possess value as material. […]